This is the time when it feels almost like Christmas to boaters around the Great Lakes — there are three boat shows within one month! (Namely: 2016 Toronto International Boat Show, Cleveland Progressive Insurance Boat Show, and the 2016 Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show.) All the preparations and route planning make for a build-up of excitement that would make any cruiser jump for joy! Click here to read more!
As a follow-up to the Wednesday 12/16 GLCC Webinar "Safety for Shorthanded Cruisers and Cruising Couples", the popular SUDDENLY ALONE (SA) program originally developed by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) and the Bonnell Cove Foundation has been repackaged as a small scale "do it yourself" presentation for sailing clubs and organizations and renamed Safety for Cruising Couples (SCC). For more information click HERE.
At the 2015 GLCC Annual General Meeting in London, ON, Executive Director of Georgian Bay Forever, David Sweetnam spoke on invasive species in the Great Lakes. The key message is to be vigilant and to help prevent invasive species from establishing themselves in these waters. Once established, the costs to eradicate them are extremely high. Here are some examples of the costs of invasive zebra mussels:
• Cost the power industry alone $3.1 billion in the 1993-1999 period
• Impact on industries, businesses, and communities over $5 billion
• Ontario Hydro reported zebra mussel impacts of $376,000 annually per generating station
Georgian Bay Forever is a charity dedicated to scientific research and public education on Georgian Bay's aquatic ecosystem. To learn more about their efforts, please visit GeorgianBayForever.
The US Government National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is presently in the process of updating “The American Practical Navigator,” most often simply called “Bowditch”, and is seeking input from mariners around the world. For more information on how you can participate click HERE.